Senate Republican Leaders Issue Statement on Passage of Constitutional Amendments on Emergency Declarations

HARRISBURG – Yesterday (May 18) a majority of Pennsylvanians voted yes on the ballot questions that will amend the Pennsylvania Constitution to limit how long emergency declarations can last without legislative approval. These results illustrate that our government works better when we work collaboratively.

Their yes vote means that a majority of state lawmakers – elected by the people to represent their voices – can vote to end emergency declarations and restrictions on citizens. Their yes vote means that communication and checks and balances will be restored in our government.

This is a responsibility that I, and the Senate Republican Caucus as a whole, take very seriously.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jake Corman (R-Bellefonte) and Senate Majority Leader Kim Ward (R-Westmoreland) issued the following statement today in response to passage of two constitutional amendments that will improve the way the state responds to emergencies:

“The primary election results demonstrate our system of government works better when we work together. We took our case to the people of Pennsylvania, and the people voted ‘yes’ to restore liberty and ensure the fundamental principles of our democracy remain in place even during times of an emergency.  This decision by the people is not about taking power away from any one branch of government, rather it’s about re-establishing the balance of power between three equal branches of government as guaranteed by the constitution.”

“Pennsylvanians have made their choice clear – they want to see more collaboration and better results from their state government when responding to emergencies. This is a responsibility that the Senate Republican Caucus takes seriously, and as leaders we are all committed to working together in the best interests of our Commonwealth. In the weeks ahead, we encourage Governor Wolf to come back to the table and discuss not only how we can better manage emergencies like the current pandemic, but also how we can help our state recover from COVID-19.”

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